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Agile + DevOps East 2019 - Agile Team Member

Wednesday, November 6

Dana Pylayeva
Agile Play Consulting LLC
AW1

Journey without Fear: Leading Your Teams to High Performance

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Psychological safety has been identified by Google’s Project Aristotle as a top condition for creating high-performing teams. Yet many organizations are affected by fear in the workplace. It manifests itself in employee disengagement, lack of innovation, a toxic working environment with gossip and rumors, and the best people resigning. How can we start taking the first steps away from the culture of fear and toward a culture of psychological safety? Join this interactive session to experiment with a Fear in the Workplace game and start these difficult conversations in a fun way. Experience...

Ryan Ripley
Independent Consultant
AW2

Fixing Your Scrum - Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Broken Scrum practices limit your organization’s ability to take full advantage of the agility Scrum should bring: the development team isn’t cross-functional or self-organizing, the product owner doesn’t get value for their investment, and stakeholders and customers are left wondering when something—anything—will get delivered. Learn how experienced Scrum masters balance the demands of these three levels of servant leadership, while removing organizational impediments and helping Scrum teams deliver real-world value. Discover how to visualize your work, resolve impediments, and empower...

Jennifer Bonine
PinkLion AI
AW4

Where Does Data Come From?

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

With all the tools available on the market, it can be overwhelming to figure out which ones might meet your needs and which ones will work best for you to create a high-performing team. Join Jennifer Bonine as she explains the relationship between the DevOps cycle and your environment, and how a hub-and-spoke model can link all your different data sets and tools together. She'll identify opportunities for applying test data analytics across the engineering and test landscape, ranging from high-value test cases to dynamically generated regression test suites. She will review ways to...

Lee Eason
IHS Markit
AW5

DevOps for the Agile Practitioner

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

As an agile coach, ScrumMaster, or product owner, you interact with technical teams every day, even though you may not have a technical background yourself. You hear and read about DevOps all the time, but the truth is that you’re not really sure what DevOps is or exactly how it can help your company. You also have a feeling the executives in your company may be questioning whether their massive investment in agile is paying off. Lee Eason will help nontechnical agile practitioners understand exactly what DevOps is and why it’s valuable. You will leave understanding the background, key...

Lisa Maurer
State Farm
AW7

Continuous Delivery Dojo: From Doing Agile to Being Agile

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

State Farm adopted an innovative approach to a common problem many organizations face with agile transformation: How do you influence, nurture, and support a whole scale culture of agility? How do you move from doing agile to being agile? The solution was to institute a continuous delivery dojo. State Farm is going on its third year of supporting delivery teams at scale in enhancing agile maturity and establishing a continuous delivery culture. The dojo represents a dedicated place to work with teams to change mindsets, skill sets, and toolsets. It also represents an opportunity to...

Jen Wright
GrayHair Software
Sally Vassalotti
GrayHair Software
AW8

Open Mic: Coaching Up in Your Organization

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

The term “coaching up” traditionally refers to communication with a supervisor or person above you in the organizational chart. Coaching up strategies can be effective for all levels: Have you ever had a conversation with a boss, product owner, ScrumMaster, or leader that did not go well? Is one of your teammates dropping the ball? Often our instincts tell us to go on the defensive, which may result in the blame game. Instead, when difficult situations happen—or, better yet, when you anticipate them—let superiors know in a polite and helpful manner. They will appreciate your initiative....

Steven Granese
AgileThought
AW9

The Transformation Mindset: A Leader's Guide to Embracing Agile

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Many leaders want to transform their organization to become more agile, adaptive, and responsive to the market. However, most do not deeply understand how to lead their organization through such a massive change. They install prescriptive scaling frameworks and send employees to training, but discard the elements of true transformation that are difficult. When the inevitable failure ensues, they switch frameworks, fire people, and revert back to what worked for them in the past. What these leaders fail to recognize is that the mindset they used to build their organization conflicts with...

Kimberly Davis
ASRC Federal
AW10

Small Batch Sizes Enable Everything—Even in the Government

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Lean practices teach us that small batch sizes optimize flow of value to market. Small batch sizes also help organizations focus on building quality into systems by enabling the power of continuous integration, encouraging faster feedback cycles, increasing our ability to debug, emphasizing a focus on simplicity, decreasing lead and cycle time, and discouraging "snowplowing" testing efforts. These practices are critical for building quality into our products. In the government sector, it also enables the alignment of traditional cost accounting methods, such as earned value...

Thomas_Haver
Designer Brands
AW11

Example Mapping: The New Three Amigos

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Example mapping is a collaboration technique used by teams to help refine requirements. Every team should have a set of “ready” criteria that includes some kind of workshop between development team members to establish a shared understanding. In a time-boxed example mapping session, rules will summarize examples or constraints about a user story, and questions about outcomes or dependencies are documented for future refinement. The end result is requirements written as user behavior, with a shared understanding among all roles on the agile team. Come ready to participate in a live example...

Linda Rising
Independent
AW16

An Agile Fireside Chat with Linda Rising

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Come get your questions answered by an agile expert! We won't have an actual fireside, but Linda Rising will be on hand to answer your questions and discuss the topics that are most important to you. Linda is an internationally known presenter on topics related to agile development, patterns, retrospectives, the change process, and the connection between the latest neuroscience and software development. And she wants to discuss whatever interests you. Bring your questions and be ready for a lively, interactive discussion.

Reha Malik Gill
Fannie Mae
AW17

Engaging Leadership: The Missing Piece for Enhancing Agile Adaptation

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

As W. Edwards Deming wrote, "It is not enough that top management commit themselves for life to quality and productivity. They must know what it is that they are committed to—that is, what they must do. These obligations cannot be delegated." To build and lead an agile organization, it’s crucial that senior leaders develop a new mindset and capabilities to transform themselves, their teams, and the organization. Join Reha Malik Gill as she discusses how to introduce the practices of design thinking, decentralization, and empowerment to assist you with transforming an agile organization. It...

Christina Ambers
Thomson Reuters
AW18

Enter the Agile Dojo

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The dojo is an experiment-rich environment for the team that encourages adding pieces and tools as needed, pushing experimentation, and learning first. What makes this dojo special is how adaptive it can be, considering teams no longer are all collocated. By using simple tools like a good camera, open call, and a free tool to display work, teams can collaborate across the world. The goal of the dojo is fourfold: Improve individuals and interactions, deliver working software, collaborate with customers, and respond to changes quickly. We'll talk about how agility can be applied to various...

AW19

The MVP Mental Model

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Here is a question we should all ask ourselves when building new software: Am I building in small chunks? Thinking and actions around the minimum viable product (MVP) are vital in creating a shift to full team and organizational agility. Agile methods work great when building, testing, and learning in small, discernible, discrete pieces is the norm. If there is not a shift to smaller increments or even an understanding of how to do that, the agile transformation is going to be in trouble. Jim Grunder will show how to move team and organizational planning approaches to fundamentally smaller...

Sean Miller
Capital One
Suresh Chellapilla
Capital One
AW21

You Build It, You Own It!

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The days of writing software and throwing it over the proverbial wall to operations and production support teams are over. It’s time we, as software development teams, become more accountable and take pride and ownership in what we do. The results will be better transparency, more autonomy, and reduced risk (among other things). Join Sean and Suresh as they walk through how Capital One tackled one particular project by leveraging DevOps and forming their "you build it, you own it" principles. You'll gain a better understanding of how to improve quality within your agile teams and how to...

Thursday, November 7

Mary Thorn
Vaco
AT1

A Festivus for Leadership Alignment

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

One of the biggest problems facing organizations that are moving to an agile mindset is leadership alignment across the concepts, principles, and tactics. On the face of things, every leader says they understand agile and that they’re aligned. But saying it is one thing and being it is quite another. On top of that, it seems like feedback between the leaders has become nonexistent. Mary Thorn faces organizational misalignment nearly every day in agile coaching journeys. She has come up with an approach to detect, discuss, and realign organizations cross-functionally around their agile...

Mark Kilby
Sonatype
AT2

Agile Actions for Facilitating Distributed Teams

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:00am

Facilitating distributed team meetings can feel like having one arm tied behind your back and one eye covered. But you can free yourself of these constraints using other agile practices. We struggle with meeting tools and keeping people engaged online, but what if we collaborate with our teams to get the most value out of meetings? If we leverage pairing, mobbing, and other practices, we can facilitate successful outcomes with our teams. Mark Kilby will describe a few distributed team patterns, explain how you can adapt the concepts of pairing and mobbing to help support your facilitation...

Julie Wyman
Excella
AT3

KonMari Your Backlog: Tidying Up Those PBIs

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Have you tidied up your personal life with Marie Kondo and are now wondering how to achieve the same effect in your work life? Do you have the feeling that the most valuable product backlog items (PBIs) are getting lost under a mountain of old stories, bugs, and tasks? If so, join Julie Wyman to learn how to adapt the KonMari method to tidy up your product backlog. Julie will share a short quiz you can use to gauge the current state of your own backlog and walk through five easy steps you can take to get started in your tidying process. She'll also share real-life examples, call out...

AT5

The 7 Deadly Sins of DevOps

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Do you know teams that are merely doing "cargo cult DevOps"? Near the end of WWII, the Allies had airstrips on many islands in the south Pacific. The natives on these islands noticed that when the Allies put the "coconuts" on their ears and spoke into the "banana," the gods would send down a magical flying creature with food and supplies. When the war ended and the Allies left, the natives put the coconuts on their ears and spoke into the banana, and they wondered why the gods failed to bless them, too. They didn't understand headphones or radio transmissions or that someone must be...

Bharat Nagpal
Capital One
AT9

The Evolving Role of Manager in an Agile Environment

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

As teams become agile, are managers still relevant? Companies adopting agile are faced with many challenges, not the least of which is redefining some of the traditional roles. Bharat Nagpal will share his views on how the role of people manager needs to evolve as teams move toward agile. The concepts he presents will equally benefit new as well as seasoned agilists and managers. The session will start off by defining the role of people manager, then we'll discuss new practices that a people manager needs to learn as their teams adopt agile, as well as provide real-world examples of how...

Leslie Lowman
AvidXchange
AT12

Legacy Code and Testing: Let's Energize It!

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Do you want to apply test automation to decade-old spaghetti code but aren't sure where to start? Many teams talk about needing automated tests in order to deliver faster, better quality but don't know just how to get there. Their code was created without a lot of the tools we have today or may have automation that centers on slow, record-and-playback methods. Join Leslie Lowman for an in-depth look at examples of this situation. She'll give some prerequisites, like instituting a solid testing model that focuses on automation, and show how to apply the testing model to older code,...

Tori Wieldt
New Relic
AT13

DevOps without Measurement Is a Fail

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

The primary goal of DevOps is to provide velocity and quality through improved collaboration. However, without a tailored measurement framework to direct efforts to the problems that matter to the customer and the business, these goals are meaningless. DevOps teams must outline relevant KPIs to measure the impact of their efforts. While keeping the end goal of a DevOps transformation in mind, it’s important to have a canonical source for the relevant metrics that is visible and understandable to all stakeholders. Focusing on success metrics empowers organizations to determine if...

Owen Gotimer
TechWell
AT16

A DevOps Fireside Chat with Andy Glover

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

You've got DevOps questions, and we've got Andy Glover to answer them for you. He won't really be sitting by the fire, but he will be on hand to talk about all things DevOps. From his experiences building the Spinnaker continuous delivery platform to writing the open-source BDD framework easyb, Andy wants to talk about the things that worry you or thrill you about DevOps. Bring your questions and be ready for a lively, interactive discussion.

Scott Weiner
NeuEon
AT17

Transforming a Team of Agile Skeptics into Agilists

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Teams can hesitate to adopt agile practices, even when there’s a clear desire for transformation at the executive level. But there are strategies for coaching agile-skeptical teams into an agile mindset. Scott Weiner will detail an approach in depth, including working with leadership to create transparency and space for the team to experiment and learn, adopting a retrospective process and using it as an engine for change, educating the team on agile’s value while focusing on a small set of goals, and building trust and shared understanding by problem-solving collaboratively. We’ll discuss...

Jim Collins
CUNA Mutual Group
Amanda  Palovcsik
CUNA Mutual Group
AT18

Using Lean XP to Supercharge Your Agile Delivery

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Most teams that do agile development start with Scrum. And why not? Scrum is a proven method for focusing your team, ensuring that work adds value, and minimizing the risk with release. Then, after awhile, Scrum becomes stagnant. There are no more speed increases, and the team focuses more on ceremonies than delivery. At this point, Extreme Programming (XP), and Lean XP in particular, is the next step in agile maturity. Lean XP means developing software at the last possible moment ("just-in-time development") using one-week sprints, test driven development, pairing at all levels,...

Bala Lakshminarayan
Leading Financial Services Company
AT19

Build a Healthy Product Backlog with User Story Mapping

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Successful agile software development depends on a healthy product backlog. Too often, teams attempting to adopt an agile methodology for a project with a new product owner struggle in their transition due to a sparse product backlog. Bala Lakshminarayan will show how user story mapping can let a product owner quickly build a product backlog for the team, leveraging the subject matter experts in the organization from development, QA, UX and design, product management, sales, and marketing. Bala will thoroughly explain user story mapping and personas through a hands-on workshop...

Dan Barker
RSA Security
AT23

5 Steps to a DevOps Transformation

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

For any continuously improving organization, certain actions are commonly applicable when going through large amounts of change. Dan Barker walks through the five steps to transformational change that he's found to be crucial for moving to DevOps processes: establish the vision; create shared experiences; educate, educate, educate; find evangelists; and get feedback. Dan will elaborate on each item with methods he's used in real transformations at multiple companies. He'll also describe how these all tie into the DevOps culture, which is really what is being transformed in the company. You...

Robin Foster
Coveros
AT25

Maximizing Agile Benefits through Understanding Learning Styles

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 4:45pm to 5:45pm

The Agile Manifesto says we value people and interactions over processes and tools. Yet when we talk about the agile methods, we usually end up talking about processes. Agilists use timeboxing as a forcing function to draw out resolutions and decisions. What if we just needed a better way to describe our needs and issues? What if we could actually be more effective with our communication? Join Robin Foster as he explores the relationships between learning, memory, communication, teaching, and the agile framework. Discover the cognitive science behind the process of learning new...

Jagdish Karira
Ciber Global, LLC
AT26

Agile Metrics: Let NUM8ERS Tell the Story

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 4:45pm to 5:45pm

Agile and DevOps metrics and dashboards enable agile teams and their leaders to measure time to market, quality, productivity, predictability, employee engagement, and customer satisfaction. But the key focus of these metrics should be on the value delivered to customers. Instead of measuring what or how much we are doing, we have to look beyond vanity metrics and measure actionable metrics. Jagdish Karira will provide a practical approach for collecting metrics that enable transparency and help product teams transform their processes. He'll describe twelve metrics in detail, with...

Cory Bryan
Taiju Consulting LLC
AT27

The Inner Game of User Stories

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 4:45pm to 5:45pm

When agile teams are working, the all-important stories stay on the wall (or, worse, in a tool). They sometimes get seen, touched, and loved only once a day. Why are the stories not the focus of the work? Why do we take our eye off the ball and allow distractions to take over? Is there something more important than value? Inspired by the book The Inner Game of Tennis and the impact it's had on athletes' mindset for more than forty years, we'll look at some ideas for getting out of your own way so you can let the best story emerge and focus on what is really important. Join Cory Bryan to...

AT31

Agile and DevOps Transformation in the Telecom Industry

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 4:45pm to 5:45pm

The telecom industry changes rapidly, the competition is fierce, and user experience is the utmost priority. In today's world of digitization and data personalization, effective use of agility and DevOps is the key behind ensuring customer satisfaction. Flawless delivery, optimized time to market, and enhanced customer usability form the backbone of IT to ensure the success of frontline teams in the business. The methodologies adopted in product and feature delivery, the agility adopted in delivering offers and promotions to the customer base, and the steps adopted in ensuring...

Friday, November 8

Andrew Glover
Netflix
SMT1

From Startup to Netflix: Leadership Lessons Learned

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Friday, November 8, 2019 - 8:45am to 9:45am

While leadership styles may change when moving from a startup to a Fortune 500 company, leadership practices do not! Join Andrew Glover as he discusses his DevOps leadership journey, starting with his own company and ending at Netflix. Learn what works and what doesn’t from someone with hands-on, practical experience leading Agile and DevOps initiatives and teams. Hear Andrew’s lessons learned and how to overcome leadership obstacles during change. Take home valuable tips for leading Agile and DevOps change within your organization.

DS1

Building Trust Between Security and Development to Accomplish Culture Change

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Friday, November 8, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

DevSecOps empowers engineering teams to take ownership of how their product behaves in production, including security aspects. The primary goal of a DevSecOps initiative is to get development teams to shift their mindset and adopt security practices in their daily activities. However, this can only happen with healthy collaboration and mutual trust between development and security teams. Larry Maccherone can show you how. Larry will discuss how to effectively build trust between developers and security personnel to facilitate a successful DevSecOps program. He will present a proven "Trust...

Jeff Gallimore
Excella
SMT2

Decoding Culture: How Culture Can Improve Performance and Increase Joy

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Friday, November 8, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

We’ve all heard culture is vital to creating and sustaining a healthy organization. It was even Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year in 2014! We also know culture is notoriously hard to describe in a meaningful way. Even harder than describing culture is demonstrating its contribution to organizational performance. We know culture is important. But for all its importance, we’ve had few tools and limited research to describe or quantify culture. Join Jeff Gallimore as he explores the critical aspects of culture and discusses how a strong culture can improve corporate performance while keeping...

Tom Stiehm
Coveros, Inc.
DS9

Panel Discussion: Getting Development and Security To Work Together

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Friday, November 8, 2019 - 2:45pm to 3:30pm

DevSecOps is all about getting security teams, practices, processes, and tooling integrated into your DevOps process but often getting a cross-functional team that includes security in place is difficult. Join DevSecOps practitioners in exploring the best ways to get security groups and personnel involved in day-to-day DevOps teams. Learn what role security personnel play in Sprint activities and how to remove compliance from being an end-of-lifecycle hurdle. Hear how leading organizations successfully shift security left and tips and tricks for getting started.